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Brexit Minister's platitudes no substitute for Special Status - O'Dowd

30 March, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said that the British government need to respect the vote of the people of the North to remain in Europe rather than offering meaningless platitudes.

John O’Dowd was responding to a letter by the British Brexit Minister David Davies to local parties.

John O’Dowd said: 

“David Davies’ letter to the parties contains little more than platitudes. What we need to see is a formal recognition of the North’s special circumstances.

“There is nothing in his letter to give us any confidence that the British government is serious about engaging with the local political parties or any future Executive about the impact of Brexit.

“Our concern is heightened by Mr Davies statement that the British government ‘have made a good start in the Joint Ministerial Committee’ and that ‘it had paved the way for further collaboration in the months ahead’.

“Sinn Féin’s experience of the Joint Ministerial Committee has been the exact opposite. 

“There has been no serious attempt by the British Government to enter into constructive discussions about the impact of Brexit in the North or elsewhere.

“The British government has continually ignored the views of the majority of the people of the North who voted to remain within the European Union. 

“Platitudes are no substitute for the implementation of policies which recognise the special status of the North within the EU.” 

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